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Spotlight on Judith Van Gieson

Judith Van Gieson is the author of thirteen mystery novels. Her short stories have appeared in several mystery anthologies. In the first mystery series eight books featuring female Albuquerque attorney/sleuth Neil Hamel were published by HarperCollins. Neil's work often involved environmental issues including endangered species and wildfires. The Lies That Bind was a finalist for the Shamus Award for best detective novel. The series won the Spirit of Magnifico Literary Award. 

Two of the Neil Hamel books, Ditch Rider and The Wolf Path, were included in a list of the 100 Best New Mexico Books. After a year of voting by librarians, readers, writers and bookstores the winners were announced in time for the New Mexico Centennial in 2012. 

There were five books in the second series with heroine Claire Reynier published in paperback by Signet, in hardcover by University of New Mexico Press and in a large print edition by Thorndike. Claire works as an archivist and librarian at the Center for Southwest Research at UNM. This series involved rare artifacts and New Mexico history. The Stolen Blue was a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. The Shadow of Venus was a finalist for the Barry Award and won the Zia Award given by New Mexico Press Women for Best Work of Fiction by a New Mexico woman.

Judith has an article on Writing the First Chapter in the book Now Write Mysteries.

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